It's Fall. The season for writing papers (and, thus, for advanced citations)
Since we're now fully into Autumn (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway), that means folks will be cracking their knuckles and typing like mad to get their first set of essays and papers done. That being the case, I thought it couldn't hurt to take the citation information and put it out here for y'all.
You probably already know that you can easily cite materials using the "Cite/Export" button on the detailed record page for any item. Click on that button and you get a box for five citation formats: APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian. You can then click on one of the "+" buttons to see the citation text in that format (great for copying/pasting directly into the bib for your paper), or export the citation to RefWorks, EndNote or EasyBib.
But you can also use WorldCat Lists to perform advanced citation functions. Here's how it works.
- Create and/or view a list of WorldCat.org items.
- While viewing the list, click on the "Citations View" tab.
- If you want to select everything in the list, click on the "Select All" button, or manually tick the boxes for items you want to cite.
- Select one of the five citation styles you want to use from the drop-down box.
- Select how you want to export the list from the "Export selected references" drop-down menu.
- Click on the "Export" button and specify the file/location.
That's it. You can export your citations list as an HTML file (put it on a blog or Web site with clickable links to items), Rich Text format (good for moving a long bibliography into a word processing document), or export it into RIS, EndNote or RefWorks. If you're already working in one of these popular systems, your file will be available for use with minimal extra effort.